• 23 September, 2021 8:05 am

US marks 20 years since carnage of 9/11

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US President Joe Biden commemorated 20 years for the reason that 9/11 assaults shattered American lives, by visiting every of the websites the place passenger jets have been crashed by jihadist hijackers.

Ceremonies and memorials have been held nationwide Saturday to pay homage to the victims and first responders, with Biden and First Woman Jill Biden attending providers in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A minute’s silence was held in New York Metropolis at 8:46am and 9:03am to mark the moments the planes plunged into the World Commerce Centre’s north and south towers, and once more to mark the instances of their collapse.

Silences have been additionally noticed for the moments when a 3rd jet struck the Pentagon in Virginia, at 9:37am, and when a fourth aircraft crashed right into a area in Pennsylvania at 10:03am.

Biden earlier launched a video message known as for unity within the face of ongoing grief nonetheless being felt by the assaults 20 years later.

Tears in NYC

In New York Metropolis, the names of victims have been learn aloud, with singer Bruce Springsteen performing the music “I’ll See You in my Goals” throughout a memorial ceremony at Floor Zero. 

Hundreds of individuals, together with tons of of firefighters, gathered in Manhattan to mark the sombre event. Additionally there have been former presidents Invoice Clinton and Barack Obama.

Greater than 440 first responders have been killed within the assaults in what stays the most important lack of emergency crews within the nation’s historical past.

“One factor that grew to become clear on 9/11 – and has been clear ever since – is that America has all the time been house to heroes who run in the direction of hazard to be able to do what is true,” Obama mentioned in a press release Saturday.

US President Joe Biden and First Woman Jill Biden attends the Nationwide 9/11 Memorial marking the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 assaults on the World Commerce Centre, in New York. AFP – JIM WATSON

Pennsylvania bells 

In the meantime Vice President Kamala Harris and former president George W Bush attended an emotional memorial close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the place Flight 93 went down.

Each have been audio system on the occasion, within the Stonycreek Township, which was closed to the general public however open to the households of the victims and different invited friends.

The ceremony culminated with the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance for every passenger and crew member who perished whereas combating to wrest again management of the aircraft from hijackers.

Pentagon ceremonies

A dawn memorial happened the Pentagon, in Virginia, with the unfurling of an enormous American flag on the west aspect of the constructing that was hit.

An observance ceremony additionally happened, with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Basic Mark Milley.

These will probably be adopted later within the day by a non-public wreath-laying ceremony to be attended by each Biden and Harris, together with their spouses. 

For the primary time, the 9/11 anniversary will happen with out the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, the place the assaults have been deliberate.